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First powered paragliding held in Himachal Pradesh

india Updated: Oct 21, 2011 21:04 IST
Naresh Kumar

Aimed at promoting the paragliding adventure in the state, qualified pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday conducted powered paragliding air show in the ongoing International Paragliding Championship at Birh Billing in picturesque Kangra district.

"This is for the first time in the aero sports history of Himachal Pradesh that the Kangra and Mandi valleys witnessed the Air Demonstrations Para Motor Air display over Baijnath, Palampur and Dharamshala," director youth affairs and sports, JR Katwal said.

The Para Motorist from IAF with Display Banner of International Himalayan Paragliding Championship, 2011 and Indian Tri-Colour soared over the blue skies with a roar forcing people to witness this amazing show.

Briefing about the powered paragliding Katwal said that Para Motor being a powered Paragliding System is of 200 CC engine with propeller.

"The Para Motor can go to a height of 10000 feet and can travel at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour. This flying machine can take-off and land almost anywhere even on roof tops or in five to 10 meters level area," Katwal said.

Meanwhile, the Squadron Leader, Ramakant Vashisht, who is a qualified pilot on micro-lights, Power Hang-Glider, Para Motors and Paragliding landed at Dharamsala early morning with the help of Para Motor.

The show consisted of two to three pilots flying over a total distance of around 150 kilometers and completed the round in three hours. Explaining about his flight Ramakant said he reached Dharamsala after taking ofF from Billing in one hour.

"It consumes 1 liter petrol for a flight of 40 KM," he said.

He congratulated the state government for promoting the adventure sport by organizing international championship at Billing.

Kangra deputy commissioner (DC) RS Gupta and Superintendent of Police (SP) Diljeet Thakur welcomed the pilot at Dharamsala police ground.

The Para Motor Show would again be held on the concluding ceremony of the Championship.

At the end of day five of the championship, Israeli Pilot, Itay Takserman retained his first slot in the International, FAI (CAT II) scoring 2791 points.

Anatolij Lomovtsev from Russia and Gurpreet Singh Dhindsa from India, were placed at second and third position getting 2428 and 2349 points as per the compiled results of all three tasks respectively.

Arvind Paul and Raj Kumar from India who competed in FAI CAT II, found themselves at number seven and ninth amongst the first ten.

However, the women pilots Anna Daechenkova and Karina Sharipova from Russia Daniela Mladenova from Bulgaria and Ringzing Doma Bhutia from India fell behind in their rankings as compared to previous tally.

In Himalayan National Paragliding Championship, Gurpreet SinghDhindsa bagged first position followed by Arvind Paul and Raj Kumar from Indian Army.